A new book on how to be a bad parent.I'm just going to be humorless for a second and say, No. I'm not a Sh*tty Mom, and I'm tired of the juvenile, wine-in-my-sippy-cup culture that celebrates parents behaving like teenagers into their 40s. I will drink wine, but probably not while I'm the adult responsible for watching my kids, and I will do it in a wine glass. And I don't, as the introductory quiz for Sh*tty Mom: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us, IDs as qualities of the Sh*tty Mom, hate kids, hate other people's kids, send my daughter to school when she has a fever, employ terrible babysitters, think my own mom sucked or any of the above.
Sh*tty Mom, by NYC media professionals and moms Laurie Kilmartin, Karen Moline, Alicia Ybarbo and Mary Ann Zoellner, is obviously trying to cash in on the (legitimately kind of funny) Go the F*ck to Sleep picture-book sensation from last year, asterix and all. And superficially, the concept of Sh*tty Mom could be appealing in the sense that it's supposed to be an antidote for
A new book on how to be a bad parent.I'm just going to be humorless for a second and say, No. I'm not a Sh*tty Mom, and I'm tired of the juvenile, wine-in-my-sippy-cup culture that celebrates parents behaving like teenagers into their 40s. I will drink wine, but probably not while I'm the adult responsible for watching my kids, and I will do it in a wine glass. And I don't, as the introductory quiz for Sh*tty Mom: A Parenting Guide for the Rest of Us, IDs as qualities of the Sh*tty Mom, hate kids, hate other people's kids, send my daughter to school when she has a fever, employ terrible babysitters, think my own mom sucked or any of the above.Read More »from Who Wants To Be a Sh*tty Mom?
Naomi Wolf's new book on the amazingness of the vagina.Your vagina: Do you want to read a book about it?Read More »from Naomi Wolf's "Vagina: A New Biography"
Probably, if you are like me, you do not. Vagina books, even by successful best-seller writers, are not flying off the shelves. But in this case, we'd be missing out.
Vagina: A New Biography, is feminist author Naomi Wolf's loopy, impassioned, thought-provoking new theory of the vagina and its role in our lives. In it, she writes that when she told people what the book was about, "many people had immediate, probably measurably physical reactions when they...heard the word vagina in my response. Some, both men and women, smiled immediately: beautiful, heartfelt smiles. Others looked frightened or disgusted, as if I had suddenly produced from my handbag a trout...."
In other words it's difficult to be taken seriously while taking the vagina seriously. It's easy to become the butt of lots of hilarious jokes, and so on. But if we could quiet the nervous giggling--and shouldn't grown women be able to say the v-word, in this day and
TresSugarSource: September Must Reads
As you wrap up your Summer reading list, it's time to dive into Fall's new releases. Historical fiction, heart-wrenching memoirs, and highly anticipated books by J.K. Rowling and Junot Díaz are about to hit the shelves. We've rounded up September's most promising reads, so take a look now. And don't forget to share what you're reading with us on Instagram!
- Suri's Burn Book: Allie Hagan's Suri's Burn Book: Well-Dressed Commentary From Hollywood's Little Sweetheart is the book version of her hilarious Tumblr, Suri's Burn Book, which imagines what Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes's daughter, Suri, would say about her fellow celebrity children.
- The Casual Vacancy: After her successful Harry Potter series, we can't wait to pick up J.K. Rowling's adult novel The Casual Vacancy about an idyllic English town. When a town council member passes away, it triggers chaos among the people - and an election that carries surprising revelations.
- Kicking & Dreaming
- Babble.com | Book Club – Wed, Aug 22, 2012 3:12 PM EDT
While families that consist of a mother, a father, and a child will always, always exist, our generation of parents - and children - comprise all sorts of families. And our children are most certainly growing up in world very different than the one in which we were raised. Our kids will go to school and become friends with other kids from more types of families than any other time in history. And books can be a great way to introduce your children to the myriad of diverse families that make up our new generation of parents. Check out the top 10 family diversity books every home should have. - By Aelah Mass
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Believe it or not, more than fifty years after it was first published and the era that ushered in the Civil Rights Movement, To Kill A Mockingbird is still among the top ten books banned or censored in libraries. If we continue to ban material that "might" be deemed offensive to "anyone" then it won't be long before we raise a generation that is completely ignorant. Each year, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom compiles a list of the top ten most frequently challenged books in order to inform the public about censorship in libraries and schools. Here are the top ten books that made the list of most challenged books from 2000-2011. - By Monica Bielanko
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- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! blogger | Book Club – Thu, Aug 16, 2012 2:39 PM EDT
Author Caitlin MoranSince when did "feminism" become the new f-bomb? Caitlin Moran's 'How to Be A Woman', a UK bestseller, aims to rehab the maligned term while dishing Gaga, Brazilian waxing, the wonder of motherhood, and why porn could be a beautiful thing-but isn't. "Without feminism, you wouldn't be allowed to have a debate on women's place in society," writes the London Times award-winning columnist, "You'd be too busy giving birth on the kitchen floor--biting down on a wooden spoon, so as not to disturb the men's card game….The more women argue loudly, against feminism, the more they both prove it exists and that they enjoy its hard-won privileges."
Part memoir, part manifesto, Moran's work was a hit with British readers and now she's ambushing United States with her rambunctious mix of teenage confessional, social critique, and celebrity gossip. Scared of political rants? Fear not, Moran hacks through the prickly thicket of being a woman in the 21st Century with more of a rubber chicken thanRead More »from Caitlin Moran Explains How to Be a Woman: Shine Q&A
GoodreadsEven fans of paper books can admit: Reading apps have plenty of great perks to offer. Apps can put dictionaries, maps, reviews, and libraries into your pocket, and each of these resources makes for sharper reading. Here are some of my favorite apps geared toward the old-fashioned bookworm that can enhance your reading experience.
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1. Book Crawler (Apple iOS, $1.99)
Most books have an ISBN number printed on the back. Book Crawler scans this ISBN number, recognizing the book's title, author, edition, cover art, and so forth. If you want, Book Crawler will then add the book to your digital bookshelf. You can also manually input titles or search for them on GoogleBooks. This is the app's core function: to serve as a personal librarian, organizing and sorting titles for you. After you've scanned or searched for a book, you can pull up its reviews on Goodreads. Like what you see? Click an icon and you can access the iTunes store or check for the
Summer vacation may be coming to a close, but reading season is never over. Check out these new books to keep your learner at the head of the class before returning back to school this fall.
Dragon Loves TacosDragons Love Tacos, by Adam Rubin
Forget Puff. There are some new dragons in town, and they eat tacos, lots of tacos. Rubin and illustrator Daniel Salmieri deliver zesty laughs - but watch out. When these creatures eat salsa, things get muy caliente.
Available at amazon.com, $12.
Best Kids Apps
The Lonely BookThe Lonely Book, by Kate Bernheimer
A forgotten book becomes beloved again when a little girl discovers its magical appeal at the library. Reigning queen of fairy tales Kate Bernheimer brings her love of enchanting stories to a new generation of readers.
Available at amazon.com, $11.
In the hilarious Peruvian tale, a little chick is terrified of, well, everything. His patient father invents a hero to inspire him. When he finally discovers hisRead More »from Great Reads for Kids
Photo: Philip Friedman/Studio DThe Light Between OceansRead More »from 4 Irresistible Reads to Pick Up This Month
By M.L. Stedman
There's something irresistible about a morally complex story that makes you root for all its flawed characters, even when they're at odds with one another. The Light Between Oceans (Scribner), M.L. Stedman's seductive debut, is just that sort of book. And it comes with a bonus: a high-concept plot that keeps you riveted from the first page. Tom Sherbourne is the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, a remote island off the western coast of Australia. Tom is a WWI vet whose battlefield experience has left him righteous; his bride, Isabel, is brave and modern, having forgone the comforts of the mainland to join her beloved. Life is good for the Sherbournes, except for one thing: Isabel has had two miscarriages and despairs at the thought of remaining childless. Suddenly, a boat washes onshore; in it are an infant and a dead man. Isabel is desperate to keep the child, and Tom, despite his misgivings, cannot bring himself to ruin his wife's dream by
Emily Giffin's new book, Where We Belong, begins with 18-year-old Kirby knocking on her birth mother's door. Kirby has always known she was adopted, but she knows next to nothing about her birth mom, who turns out to be a successful TV producer named Marian who is living in New York City. When they meet, it changes both of their lives in ways they could never imagine.Read More »from Exclusive Interview with Author, Emily Giffin!
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EMILY GIFFIN'S Where We BelongSeventeen: What inspired the plot of Where We Belong?
Emily Giffin: At its heart, the book is about secrets and what happens to us and those closest to us when we keep them. I've always been intrigued by the power of secrets and the questions surrounding them. When is it justifiable to keep them from the ones we love? And does keeping them irrevocably change who we are? Adoption (under the secretive circumstances in Where We Belong) seemed to be a great way to explore some of these broader themes.
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